The mass shooting at a Colorado movie theatre on Thursday night prompted the cancellation of the Paris premiere of the Dark Knight Rises, and has raised questions about how moviegoers will react in the wake of the violence.
The Globe and Mail invited readers to share their perspective on how stories of mass violence affect them. Scroll down to add your voice below.
"I can tell you that in light of what has transpired in Colorado, that my husband and I will going not be going to see the Dark Knight Rises tonight as originally planned; out of respect for the victims and their families."
"It reminds me not to take the relationships I hold dear for granted. I go and hug my kids and tell them I love them. My son was at midnight screening for this movie last night and all I can think about is something like that happening to him."
"It deepens my belief that gun control is the right way to go. No guns should be allowed for any reason in our society. We are not a 'free' society if we allow our neighbours to collect weapons and use them at will, we are a stupid society."
"Am I part of this problem because I watch and condone this type of violence in the movies I watch? I don't know, but I will not go see this movie. I am saddened, and heart broken for the families of the victims of this senseless slaughter."
"The coverage of the shootings lately have deeply disturbed me since they bring up memories of hiding in a change room during the Eaton Centre shooting in June. It was horrible and I find myself reliving it again and again."
"I think it is completely disrespectful to the victims and family of the victims to show graphic photos of the violence. All photos showing blood or wounds should be withheld from the news cast."
Wasaga Beach, Ont.
"As a 15-year-old, growing up in this violent society bothers me and scares me. The two recent shootings in Toronto have bothered me very much. I feel as though I can't even go to the mall anymore, without that fear of violence. It's sad that someone can't even see a movie safely."
"These situations of mass violence affect my perceptions of a legal structure in which any deranged person can procure a gun and kill anybody with frenzy."
"Moviegoers will certainly be watching for unusual behaviour when they sit down at the show. Subways, crowded venues and the Olympic Games will all be shadowed with fear. The mental health issues overwhelmingly affecting our population and the access to weapons have made [violence] much too possible."
Fort Erie, Ont.
"As a Canadian living in the US -- and as one who escaped unharmed when I was an innocent bystander in a drive-by shooting here -- things like this bring back too many horrid memories."
"Being an avid movie-goer, this really affects me. I find it hard to understand the motivation behind such an attack. I always felt comfortable and safe in the theatre while watching a movie, but now I know my thoughts will stray every so often to the incident in Colorado and think about how scared those people were. That incident has definitely changed my mind on me from taking my four-year-old son to see a movie this summer."
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